Arizona is one of a handful of states that have been resistant to employ strict measures to control the virus. It does not have a mask mandate and remains largely devoid of restrictions on indoor dining, bars and nightclub activities that other states implemented months ago to slow COVID-19’s spread.
The state hit a record number of hospitalizations resulting from the virus last month, with more than 4,300 hospitalized across the state with coronavirus. Gov. Doug Ducey (R), briefly instituted stay-at-home measures last spring but declared as early as May that the state was “clearly on the other side of this pandemic” and relaxed those measures